The “Men in Black” franchise is known for many things, but one thing it has been shy on has been developing interesting roles for women.
We had Emma Thompson’s chief in the third, and both Lara Flynn Boyle’s villainess and Rosario Dawson’s love interest in the second, but the only actress who truly had a proper character in the trilogy was Linda Fiorentino’s medical examiner Laurel Weaver in the first – a character that disappeared in the sequels.
Now, four years after the last film, franchise producer Laurie MacDonald says the next film in the series plans to not only revive but reboot the sci-fi comedy franchise, and one way they intend to do it is by introducing a female lead.
MacDonald tells BBC Newsbeat the film will star a “prominent woman in black” and that the story would also start afresh:
“We sort of looked at the first three in retrospect as a bit of a trilogy. We tried to tell a story about those two characters and that relationship. It sounds silly because it’s a fun, science fiction comedy but when you work on these things you sort of try to find some thematic basis underneath it. Now we are looking at a reinvention, but it’s a wonderful world to get back into.”
Will Smith was originally presumed to be sitting this one out, but Parkes says “never count Will out”.